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Lunar New Year 2020

Lion dancers, Chinese acrobats, stilt walkers and the heat of treasure hunt make unforgettable impressions

Lunar New Year in San Francisco 2020 - Best Time
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© Jim Watkins Photography

The celebration of Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year is a large and pompous event held in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The famous New Year Parade features the theme of the current year’s Chinese zodiac sign and includes school marching bands, military processions, stilt walkers, acrobats, lion dancers, decorated floats, and Miss Chinatown USA. The Parade is crowned with the enormous Golden Dragon carried by a group of 100 men and women accompanied by splendid firecrackers. Despite the greatness of the Parade, the favorite part of the festivities is Treasure Hunt. It involves nearly 1600 participants who work in teams looking for a hidden treasure. They have to solve the clues which help them to move in the right direction and eventually get to the destination.